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numThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says police had ample warning of the petrol bomb attack on a bus that led to the death of several mine workers in Limpopo this week.  

The union pointed out that several trucks have suffered similar attacks in recent months in the Burgersfort area, but police have failed to arrest any suspects.  On Tuesday, the NUM called for the police to take action against the violent attacks, which resulted in the death of six mineworkers who succumbed to the blaze.  The incident took place on Monday evening, when two men jumped on the bus as it stopped at a pickup point for Modikwa Platinum Mine workers and threw a petrol bomb into the bus.  The bus was carrying about 50 mineworkers.  Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said:  “On arrival, the bus had already burned to ashes with six victims inside.  Others escaped through windows with burn wounds and were taken to hospital.  The motive is not known at this stage but investigators are already making some follow-ups to try and crack this case as speedily as possible.”  NUM’s Livhuwani Mammburu said the incident was shocking and urged the police to intervene.  “Burgersfort is a very dangerous area.  We want mineworkers travelling in these buses to be escorted by the police and security guards,” said Mammburu.  He indicated that multiple trucks, carrying mining equipment, had been set alight recently.  “The police are not arresting these people.  Until the police arrest these suspects, this will happen again,” he stated.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Chamber of Mines shocked at 'gruesome' murders of Limpopo mineworkers, at IOL News
  • And also, Mantashe sends condolences to families of miners killed in petrol bomb attack, at EWN

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